3D point force solution for a permeable penny-shaped crack embedded in an infinite transversely isotropic piezoelectric medium
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This paper considers the non-axisymmetric three-dimensional problem of a penny-shaped crack with permeable electric conditions imposed on the crack surfaces, subjected to a pair of point normal forces applied symmetrically with respect to the crack plane. The crack is embedded in an infinite transversely isotropic piezoelectric body with the crack face perpendicular to the axis of material symmetry. Applying the symmetry of the problem under consideration then leads to a mixed-mixed boundary value problem of a half-space, for which potential theory method is employed for the purpose of analysis. The cases of equal eigenvalues are also discussed. Although the treatment differs from that for an impermeable crack reported in literature, the resulting governing equation still has a familiar structure. For the case of a point force, exact expressions for the full-space electroelastic field are derived in terms of elementary functions with explicit stress and electric displacement intensity factors presented. The exact solution for a uniform loading is also given.